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'How the Grinch Stole Christmas Display Animates

Merry & Bright at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
by Lori Kingston
December 4, 2011

Instead of descending upon Whoville, The Grinch from the animated classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” will visit Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the holidays. More than 40 original sketches and production cells will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the animated television special, which made its debut in 1966 and celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. It is the largest retrospective of Jones’ artwork for this television production that has traveled from The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity where it is housed. During his 60-year career at Warner Bros., Academy Award-winning director Chuck Jones brought beloved characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and many more to life.

In addition to the new display of the holiday classic, popular and celebrated traditions of the annual Merry & Bright will make their triumphant return. The Conservatory will ring in the season with favorites like the 15-foot poinsettia tree, a whimsical Paul Busse model garden railway and the fifth annual gingerbread competition and display.

Merry & Bright opens November 19, 2011 and continues through January 4, 2012. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Merry & Bright is presented by WesBanco with additional support from WBNS-10TV and Village Communities.

Scheduled activities include cookie exchanges, cookie decorating classes for kids and holiday themed Cocktails at the Conservatory. Candlelight nights will run 5 – 9 p.m. November 23 & 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28, and will feature family-friendly programming and live music.

A complete list of Merry & Bright activities and descriptions is available online at:

About Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers botanical collections, art and nature-based exhibitions, plant shows, and educational programs for all ages.

Situated in an 88-acre urban park, the Conservatory features the historic 1895 John F. Wolfe Palm House and 83,000 square feet of glasshouses, classrooms, and meeting and event spaces. Franklin Park Conservatory owns a signature collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly. Light Raiment II, a permanent installation by internationally recognized light artist James Turrell, illuminates the John F. Wolfe Palm House every evening from dusk until dawn.

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